Our library is the ideal place to widen your cultural French and learn some interesting vocabulary on the way! With more than 2000 items: fiction, nonfiction, comics, books for children and young adults, DVDs and music, there is something for everybody. The library is open to all, but only members or students of the Alliance can borrow books.

Library Policies

Our rules!

To borrow items from the library you need to be either a student or a member of the Alliance Française.
You can borrow for a maximum of four weeks, up to:

1. 4 Adult books
2. 4 Childrens books
3. 4 CDs
4. For DVDs : You can borrow 1 DVD for 2 weeks.

How to access these:

Please make an appointment with us to access the library by emailing us at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com or call us on 01223 561854.

How to renew an item:

• Get in touch with the Alliance and simply ask for an extension and we will do our best to grant you one!

Late return policy:

• We count on our library users to respect the return deadline so everyone can enjoy the contents of our amazing library!

What happens if I damage or lose my borrowed item?

• You are responsible for the items you borrow. We ask that you return items in the same condition as when you borrowed them. If borrowed items are damaged or lost, we ask that you purchase a new copy for the library. If you can’t purchase a new copy, we will charge a £30 replacement fee. Borrowing privileges are suspended if you have an outstanding fee of £10 or more.

Thank you for adhering to these policies that help us to insure that all members have equal access to the collection.


July 2020

I enjoyed the talk on Friday given by Nicolas.  All praise to him for delivering it in such good English.


July 2020

Je voulais juste dire que moi aussi j’ai aimé ces petits amuse-bouche de la littérature française donnés au cours du book club en ligne pendant le confinement. C’était d’autant plus agréable que je pouvais y accéder de ma ville à 40 km de Cambridge! Merci Gaël pour vos explications sur les auteurs et les textes.


July 2020

Merci d’avoir mis en place le Book Club en ligne.  Je trouve que nos séances ont été réussies même chez Zoom, tout le monde a eu l’occasion de participer, même plus peut-être que dans notre situation normale. Le choix de courts morceaux – contes, poèmes – a donné la possibilité de beaucoup de variété dans la même heure, la discussion n’a pas tari, et merci à Gaël de nous avoir fourni tant de mises en scène.


July 2020

I have been happy with all the teachers we have had and all the subject matter – bottom line for me is that it is French and there is always something to learnI am also very much enjoying the Club de Lecture never having been able before Covid to attend.Gael is very ‘sympa ‘ and knowledgable.


July 2020

Je suis super-contente avec les clubs de lecture.  Félicitations à toute l’équipe – mais  surtout à Gaël …. !